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Business Services

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 PLAN

 LAUNCH

 GROW

VALIDATE YOUR IDEA

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Validate your idea by identifying similar products/services, potential customers, and by receiving feedback.

BUSINESS STRUCTURE

Structure

Complete any requirements for your selected business structure.

BUSINESS INSURANCE

Business Insurance

Consider business insurance options that are appropriate for your company.

 

 IDENTIFY RESOURCES

Research

Identify resources to help you plan, launch, and grow (SBA, SBDC, local government departments, etc.).

 REGISTER YOUR BUSINESS NAME

DBA

Register “Doing Business As” name at the Circuit Court — required only if you are not incorporating, or need a secondary name.

 MARKETING & PROMOTIONS

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Implement your marketing and promotions plan.

 

 WRITE YOUR BUSINESS PLAN

Business Plan

Write a business plan as your roadmap for success. Consider the foundations of your company, such as the business structure and financial needs, along with the future of your business, such as projected revenue, exit plan, etc.

APPLY FOR AN EIN

EIN

Apply for an Employer Identification Number with the IRS (not required for sole proprietors, but recommended).

HIRING STAFF

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Get assistance hiring qualified staff members to work for your business.

 

 RESEARCH SPECIAL PERMITS & LICENSES REQUIREMENTS

Permits Research

Does your industry require any special permits or licenses?

FIND YOUR OFFICE / BUSINESS LOCATION

Zoning

Find your office space and conform with local zoning regulations prior to signing a lease.

 SMALL BUSINESS CERTIFICATIONS

Certified

Find out if you qualify for small business certifications such as veteran, woman and minority owned, or others.

 TAX RESPONSIBILITIES

Taxes

Learn about your local, state, and federal tax responsibilities.

OBTAIN YOUR LOCAL BUSINESS LICENSE

Town Hall

Obtain a local business license and register for local business taxes. Confirm with your local jurisdiction
(county, town) where you need to register.

 HUBZone

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The Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities.

ADDITIONAL REGISTRATIONS

 Additional Resources

Virginia Taxation Department (sales, use, and income tax).

Virginia Employment Commission (if hiring or will hire employees).

Other applicable government departments specific to business type - e.g., health department if in food services.

WATER & SEWER AVAILABILITY FEESFaucet

Water and sewer availability fees purchase capacity with the Town’s water and sewer system. They are one-time fees by which the Town recovers infrastructure costs needed to provide water and sewer service.

RIBBON CUTTINGS

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Request an Official Ribbon Cutting

 

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